Lidl has revealed locations across West Yorkshire where it wants to build new stores.

The supermarket chain is looking to expand with ambitious plans to create over 1,100 stores across the UK.

It opened more than 50 new stores in 2022 and a further 15 new stores across the country in the last three months of 2023.

The company currently has more than 950 stores and employs over 29,500 people.

Requirements for new Lidl locations

Lidl is looking to acquire sites that meet the standard store format requirements, such as:

  • Prominent locations with easy access and strong pedestrian or traffic flow
  • Freehold, leasehold or long leasehold opportunities
  • Unit sizes between 18,000 and 26,500 sq ft and 100+ dedicated car parking spaces
  • 1.5+ acres for standalone stores or up to 4 acres for mixed-use schemes
  • Town centre or edge of centre and retail parks

Ryan McDonnell, Lidl GB CEO, commented: “The last few years have been challenging for everyone, but we’ve made it clear that we’re more committed than ever to ensuring that every single household has access to a Lidl store.

“That’s why our focus is firmly on the future as we continue to grow and invest in our infrastructure, while keeping a lookout for more sites and locations across the country.

“We had over 1.4 million new shoppers coming to us from our competitors over the course of last year.

“This alone shows the potential for continued growth as customers refuse to pay a premium for their shopping, when they know they can get the same, if not better quality at Lidl.

“As we progress further into 2023, we know that more shoppers will make the switch, and whichever of our stores they choose, they know they’re getting the best value.”

List of West Yorkshire locations for proposed new Lidl sites

  • Bradford - Frizinghall
  • Bradford - Girlington (rel)
  • Bradford - Laisterdyke
  • Bradford - Queensbury
  • Bradford - West Bowling
  • Bradford – Wyke
  • Cleckheaton
  • Ilkley
  • Keighley
  • Otley
  • Pontefract

Skipton, North Yorkshire, is also on the list. 

Lidl GB Chief Development Officer, Richard Taylor, added: “Our store expansion has been and continues to be unparalleled.

“In the last three months alone, we’ve opened 15 new stores – more than any other retailer, and in 2022 we welcomed customers through the doors of over 50 new stores.

“But we won’t be stopping there. Our vision is to have over 1,100 stores in the future, but really there’s no ceiling on our ambition or growth potential.

“What’s important is that we take a strategic and sustainable approach to getting there.”